‘I don’t do cover-ups’: Trump angrily lashes out at Democratic probes at surprise White House press conference after canceling infrastructure sitdown

President Donald Trump speaks about Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Rose Garden at the White House May 22, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted congressional Democratic investigations and calls for his impeachment during an angry, surprise White House press conference that came after he abruptly walked out of a meeting with member of Congress that was supposed to discuss how to fund national infrastr


President Donald Trump speaks about Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Rose Garden at the White House May 22, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted congressional Democratic investigations and calls for his impeachment during an angry, surprise White House press conference that came after he abruptly walked out of a meeting with member of Congress that was supposed to discuss how to fund national infrastr
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'I don't do cover-ups': Trump angrily lashes out at Democratic probes at surprise White House press conference after canceling infrastructure sitdown

President Donald Trump speaks about Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Rose Garden at the White House May 22, 2019 in Washington, DC.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted congressional Democratic investigations and calls for his impeachment during an angry, surprise White House press conference that came after he abruptly walked out of a meeting with member of Congress that was supposed to discuss how to fund national infrastructure improvements.

“I don’t do cover-ups,” Trump fumed to reporters in the Rose Garden. “Get these phony investigations over with.”

The infrastructure meeting at the White House had started, and abruptly ended, not long after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, told reporters that “we believe the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up.”

Pelosi in recent days has come under pressure from some members of her caucus to start impeachment proceedings against Trump for his blocking testimony to congressional panels by current and former administration officials and by refusing to turn over documents to those committtees.

Trump cited Pelosi’s comments, calling them “incosiderate,” before walked out of the Cabinet meeting room to go speak to reporters, according to Democratic aides who spoke to NBC News.

Pelosi then said to others still in the room, “I knew the president was not serious about infrastructure and would find a way out,” a Democratic aide said.

The president’s ostensibly impromptu press conference stunned members of the media at the White House, who had no advance notice of it, and who were expecting to be reporting details of the infrastructure meeting.

“This whole thing was a take-down attempt at the president of the United States,” Trump told reporters, referring to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, possible collusion by members of the Trump campaign, and possible obstruction of justice by Trump himself.

Mueller, in his final report, said Russian agents did try to influence the outcome of the election to benefit Trump, but did not find evidence that members of Trump’s campaign coordinated with Russians in that effort. Mueller said he “found multiple acts by the President” that could have exercised “undue influence over law enforcement investigation,” including the Russia probe, but did not conclude one way or the other if Trump obstructed justice.

Trump said that the press should be “ashamed” of themselves for how they have reported on Mueller’s investigation.


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Judge says Deutsche Bank, Capital One can give Trump financial records to House Democrats

Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump attend the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C Groundbreaking Ceremony at Old Post Office on July 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. A federal judge in New York City on Wednesday said Deutsche Bank and Capital One can turn over financial documents related to President Donald Trump and his businesses in response to subpoenas from two Democrat-led House committees. The judge also disagreed with the argument by the Trump legal team that the


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Judge says Deutsche Bank, Capital One can give Trump financial records to House Democrats

Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump attend the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C Groundbreaking Ceremony at Old Post Office on July 23, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Ramos, an appointee of President Barack Obama, said in U.S. District Court in Manhattan that the Trump clan’s arguments “are not sufficiently serious as it relates to Supreme Court precedent” dealing with the question of turning over documents to Congress.

Judge Edgardo Ramos’ ruling came after a hearing at which lawyers for Trump, his three older children, Donald Jr . Eric and Ivanka , and the Trump Organization argued that the subpoenas to the two banks should be quashed. An appeal of the decision is all but certain.

A federal judge in New York City on Wednesday said Deutsche Bank and Capital One can turn over financial documents related to President Donald Trump and his businesses in response to subpoenas from two Democrat-led House committees.

The judge also disagreed with the argument by the Trump legal team that the demands for the documents from House Financial Services and Intelligence committees lacks a legitimate legislative purpose. Ramos said there is such a purpose in the request by the panels, which are probing alleged foreign influence in U.S. elections.

The subpoenas, Ramos said, are “undeniably broad but are clearly pertinent.”

The White House and a spokesman for the Trump Organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Trump has said he is “fighting all the subpoenas” issued by House Democrats, who are conducting a broad inquiry into his financial affairs.

The ruling in the New York court came two days after another federal judge, in Washington, D.C., said Trump’s accountants at the firm Mazars had to comply with a subpoena from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for his financial records.

Deutsche Bank for years has been the main lender for Trump, whom other banks have avoided loaning money to because of his repeated bankruptcies. Capital One is in possession of financial records related to the Trump Organization’s hotels. Neither bank had opposed the subpoenas.

In a statement to CNBC after the ruling, Deutsche Bank spokeswoman Kerrie McHugh said, “We remain committed to providing appropriate information to all authorized investigations and will abide by a court order regarding such investigations.”

The Trump family’s lawyers, in a lawsuit filed against Deutsche Bank and Capital One in late April, challenged the demands for financial documents from the lenders, saying subpoenas from House Democrats “were issued to harass President Donald J. Trump, to rummage through every aspect of his personal finances, his businesses, and the private information of the President and his family.”

Neither Deutsche Bank nor Capital One objected in court to the subpoenas. But House Democrats intervened in the lawsuit to argue against the Trump family’s effort to quash the document demands.

Ramos’ ruling came hours after the New York state Legislature passed two bills aimed at Trump, which would allow Trump’s state tax returns to be turned over to Congress if they are requested. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he supports that idea, but has yet to say whether he will sign the bills.

The Treasury Department last week defied a subpoena from the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee for six years of federal tax returns of Trump and his business. But much of the information on those returns would be replicated in state tax returns.

During the court hearing Wednesday, Trump’s lawyer, Patrick Strawbridge, argued that the subpoenas exceeded Congress’ authority by being overbroad. He noted emphasizing that the committees were “literally looking for records about minors” related to Trump, as well as his in-laws.

At another point, Strawbridge argued that courts have made it “clear” that Congress “cannot cross the line into law enforcement activity.”

Douglas Letter, an attorney for the committees seeking the documents, retorted that there is is “absolutely no merit to any of these arguments” made by Strawbridge.

“This is being totally misportrayed,” Letter said.

Letter said that the subpoenas are broad, and asked for documents going back a number of years, because the committee are investigating things such as money laundering and engagement with foreign entities — “including Russian oligarchs” — over “a long period of time.”

Ramos then asked why the committee was bothering to ask for “domestic documents” if that was the case.

“You have to look at: ‘where’s it going? ‘ ” Letter responded, referring to money. “It’s all tied together.”

Letter criticized the Trump family’s legal effort to thwart the subpoenas, saying that the lawsuit only had been filed “because of a massive and fundamental misunderstanding” of Congress’ role “by Mr. Trump.”

“He sees us as a nuisance,” Letter said, referring to the president.

Asked by the judge if the financial records could be made public, Letter said that the committees did have that power.

But they “wouldn’t do it willy-nilly,” Letter insisted.

“We would of course listen” to the people whose records were subpoenaed, but ultimately “this is for the Congress” to decide, Letter said.

Lawyers for Deutsche Bank and Capitol One declined an opportunity to speak in court.

The judge said in his ruling that the attempt to block the subpoenas was “unlikely to succeed on the merits.”

“The court concludes that a preliminary injunction” being proposed by Trump’s lawyers “is inappropriate,” Ramos said.

WATCH: The saga of Trump’s taxes


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Michael Avenatti charged with ripping off porn star Stormy Daniels, trying to extort Nike in new indictments

Adult-film actress Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels speaks US Federal Court with her lawyer Michael Avenatti (R) on April 16, 2018, in Lower Manhattan, New York. While the Nike-related indictment was expected because it mirrors allegations in a criminal complaint executed against Avenatti in March, the claims related to Daniels were brand new. Prosecutors claim that Avenatti ripped off Daniels by taking payments for her book sales and paying her just half of what she was owed. “M


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Michael Avenatti charged with ripping off porn star Stormy Daniels, trying to extort Nike in new indictments

Adult-film actress Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels speaks US Federal Court with her lawyer Michael Avenatti (R) on April 16, 2018, in Lower Manhattan, New York.

Controversial lawyer Michael Avenatti was indicted Wednesday in separate cases charging him with stealing about $300,000 from his former porn star client Stormy Daniels, and with trying to extort athletic shoe giant Nike out of tens of millions of dollars by threatening to go public with claims the company was facilitating payments to the families of high school basketball stars.

While the Nike-related indictment was expected because it mirrors allegations in a criminal complaint executed against Avenatti in March, the claims related to Daniels were brand new.

Avenatti, who last year was mulling a run for the White House, is now charged in three separate federal indictments, including one pending in California related to alleged theft of client funds and other crimes, and faces the possibility of many years in prison if convicted.

According to one of the new indictments in New York, Avenatti allegedly forged Daniels’ signature on a document that gave wire fund transfer information to her literary agent, which helped direct the money paid out for the book sales to a bank account controlled by Avenatt.

The lawyer had become widely known and notorious last year for his representation of Daniels, who was paid $140,000 on the eve of the 2016 presidential election by President Donald Trump’s then-personal lawyer Michael Cohen to keep her quiet about her alleged sexual tryst with Trump a decade earlier. Trump denies having sex with her.

Prosecutors claim that Avenatti ripped off Daniels by taking payments for her book sales and paying her just half of what she was owed.

The indictment, which charges him with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, accuses him of spending some of the money he allegedly swindled from Daniels on a lease payment for his Ferrari, travel expenses, dry cleaning and $56,000 in payroll at his law firm.

“Michael Avenatti abused and violated the core duty of an attorney – the duty to his client,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman.

“As alleged, he used his position of trust to steal an advance on the client’s book deal. As alleged, he blatantly lied to and stole from his client to maintain his extravagant lifestyle, including to pay for, among other things, a monthly car payment on a Ferrari. Far from zealously representing his client, Avenatti, as alleged, instead engaged in outright deception and theft, victimizing rather than advocating for his client.”


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‘Hope not,’ Trump says when asked if the United States will go to war with Iran

US President Donald Trump (L) greets Switzerland’s President Ueli Maurer before a meeting at the White House on May 16, 2019, in Washington, DC. Meanwhile, members of Congress blasted the Trump administration for leaving them in the dark about details of the situation with Iran — and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump lacks authority to declare war on Iran. Within hours of Trump making that public comment, The New York Times reported that the president has told acting Defense Secretary Patric


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'Hope not,' Trump says when asked if the United States will go to war with Iran

US President Donald Trump (L) greets Switzerland’s President Ueli Maurer before a meeting at the White House on May 16, 2019, in Washington, DC.

Meanwhile, members of Congress blasted the Trump administration for leaving them in the dark about details of the situation with Iran — and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump lacks authority to declare war on Iran.

Within hours of Trump making that public comment, The New York Times reported that the president has told acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan that he does not want to go to war with Iran.

That answer to a reporter’s question during a photo opportunity at the White House with Swiss President Ueli Maurer came amid growing concern about a conflict between the U.S. and Iran.

President Donald Trump said “hope not” when he was asked Thursday if the United States is going to war with Iran.

“The responsibility in the Congress is for Congress to declare war,” said Pelosi, D-Calif.

“So I hope the president’s advisors recognize that they have no authorization to go forward in any way. They cannot call the authorization, AUMF, the authorization for the use of military force, that was passed in 2001, as any authorization to go forward in the Middle East now,” she said.

“I like what I hear from the president that he has no appetite for this,” Pelosi added added. “One of the places that I agree with the president is that both of us in our opposition to the war in Iraq and I hope the same attitude will prevail with the president of the United States even though some of his supporters are rattling sabers.”

The Trump administration has sent an aircraft carrier strike group and bombers to the Middle East in response to what it has characterized as “troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” from Iran.

Those indications include a purported threat from Iran against U.S. diplomatic posts in Iraq, as well as worry that Iran is setting the stage to place rocket launchers on ships in the Persian Gulf.

On Wednesday, the U.S. State Department ordered nonemergency government employees to leave the American embassy in Baghdad and the consulate in Erbil.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., a member of the Armed Services Committee, told reporters Thursday: “The American people have been kept in the dark. It is disgraceful and despicable that we’re on the verge of war, and the American people are given this kind of confused and chaotic picture of what the situation is on the ground.”

Blumenthal said that he and other senators have heard that “we are supposedly going to have a briefing on Tuesday” from the Trump administration about the Iran situation.

But, Blumenthal added, “we’re hearing it may be too late because hostilities may have begun or there may be an escalation on the military situation.”

That would be “petrifying,” he said.

Later Thursday, three sources told NBC News that all senators will be receiving a classified briefing next Tuesday to update them on the situation involving Iran and the Middle East.


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Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenas Donald Trump Jr.

The Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., to answer questions about his claim to have just limited knowledge of an ultimately aborted plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, NBC News reported Wednesday. Trump Jr.’s prior testimony was called into question earlier this year by new testimony from President Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who said he had briefed Trump Jr. repeatedly about the effort to develo


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Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenas Donald Trump Jr.

The Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., to answer questions about his claim to have just limited knowledge of an ultimately aborted plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, NBC News reported Wednesday.

Trump Jr.’s prior testimony was called into question earlier this year by new testimony from President Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who said he had briefed Trump Jr. repeatedly about the effort to develop a Trump Tower there.

A person close to Donald Trump Jr. blasted the subpoena to CNBC as “an obvious PR stunt from a so-called ‘Republican’ senator” — Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr of North Carolina — “too cowardly to stand up to his boss [committee ranking Democrat] Mark Warner and the rest of the resistance Democrats on the committee.”

That person said people should expect Trump Jr. to fight the subpoena.

Trump Jr. testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in September 2017 that “I was peripherally aware” of an effort to build that project in Russia, which was being pursued as his father was a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. That effort was not known to the public at the time.

A source directly familiar with the matter told NBC News that the committee also wants to ask Trump Jr. about what he has claimed to have told colleagues about the Trump Tower New York meeting in June 2016, when he, his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and campaign chairman Paul Manafort met with a Russian lawyer who purportedly had negative information about Hillary Clinton.

In his Senate judiciary testimony, Trump Jr. claimed he did not tell Manafort or Kushner what the meeting was going to be about, and further claimed he did not tell his father about the meeting at all.

But Cohen has said he recalled being in the elder Trump’s office in June 6 or 7 in 2016 when the younger Trump told his father that a meeting to obtain derogatory information about Clinton was going to happen.

And Cohen in February told a House committee that he had met with both Donald Trump Jr. and his sister, Ivanka Trump, “approximately 10” times to brief them about the Trump Tower plan.

“The company [the Trump Organization] was involved in the deal, which meant that the family was involved in the deal,” he testified.

Cohen on Monday began serving a three-year federal prison sentence after pleading guilty to crimes that included having lied to Congress in 2017 about details of the Trump Tower project.

Cohen originally falsely told Congress that the project was dropped in January 2016 — months before the elder Trump had locked up the GOP presidential nomination — when it actually had continued being pursued through June 2016, when Trump had the nomination well in hand.


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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin won’t release Trump’s tax returns to Congress, says no ‘legitimate legislative purpose’

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday said he will not allow President Donald Trump’s tax returns to be released to Congress by the IRS, as a powerful oversight committee has requested. House Democrats had asked the IRS to release six years of Trump’s personal and business tax returns. Experts have said the U.S. tax code mandates that anyone’s tax returns “shall” be released to one of the authorized panels if they request them. Trump has repeatedly rebuffed requests to release his tax retu


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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin won't release Trump's tax returns to Congress, says no 'legitimate legislative purpose'

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday said he will not allow President Donald Trump’s tax returns to be released to Congress by the IRS, as a powerful oversight committee has requested.

The formal denial, coming weeks after acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Congress will never get those tax returns, sets the stage for yet another fight over documents sought by the Democratic-led House of Representatives from the Republican Trump’s administration.

The dispute could end up in court.

In a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., Mnuchin said that after conferring with the Justice Department, he has determined that the request “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose” and that because of that the request would be denied.

“I am informing you now that that [Treasury] Department may not lawfully fulfill the Committee’s request,” Mnuchin wrote to Neal, whose committee is one of three congressional panels with the power to request a president’s income tax returns.

House Democrats had asked the IRS to release six years of Trump’s personal and business tax returns. Experts have said the U.S. tax code mandates that anyone’s tax returns “shall” be released to one of the authorized panels if they request them.

Mnuchin’s letter called that request “unprecedented” and said it also “presents serious constitutional questions, the resolution of which may have lasting consequences for all taxpayers.”

Mnuchin also said that the Justice Department intends to “memorialize its advice in a published legal opinion as soon as practicable.”

Neal, in a statement, said, “Today, Secretary Mnuchin notified me that the IRS will not provide the documents I requested under Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code. I will consult with counsel and determine the appropriate response.”

Trump has repeatedly rebuffed requests to release his tax returns to the public, saying they are being audited. But Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen has testified to Congress that he has seen no proof that Trump was being audited.

Cohen entered a federal prison in upstate New York on Monday to begin serving a three-year sentence for multiple crimes.

In April, Trump said Americans don’t care if they can see his tax returns.

“Remember, I got elected last time,” Trump told reporters then. “The same exact issue, with the same intensity, which wasn’t very much. Because frankly, the people don’t care.”

However, a poll conducted around the same time found that 51% of voters supported Democrats’ bid to obtain his tax returns, compared with 36% of voters who oppose that effort.


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‘There’s still much to be told’: Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen heads to prison to begin 3-year sentence

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, leaves his Manhattan apartment to report to prison, May 6, 2019. President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen headed to prison Monday to begin serving a three-year sentence, taking yet another shot at his ex-boss. “There’s still much to be told, and I look forward to the day that I can share the truth,” he added. Cohen directly paid off Daniels — and was later reimbursed by Trump — while the Trump-friendly publishe


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'There's still much to be told': Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen heads to prison to begin 3-year sentence

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, leaves his Manhattan apartment to report to prison, May 6, 2019.

President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen headed to prison Monday to begin serving a three-year sentence, taking yet another shot at his ex-boss.

“I hope that when I rejoin my family and friends that the country will be in a place without xenophobia, injustice and lies at the helm,” Cohen, 53, told a throng of reporters in Manhattan before departing for the federal prison in Otisville, New York, about 80 miles away.

“There’s still much to be told, and I look forward to the day that I can share the truth,” he added.

His brief comments suggested that he had not said everything about Trump during his many hours of testimony earlier this year before several congressional committees.

Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, tweeted in support of his client Monday, saying “the truth has no walls.”

Cohen pleaded guilty last year to arranging secret hush-money payments to two women who claim they had affairs with Trump years before he became president.

He also pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about details of an aborted plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, and to financial crimes.

Cohen told a federal judge in Manhattan that Trump had directed him to buy the silence of porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal so they would not reveal in the months leading to the 2016 election their alleged trysts with the New York real estate developer years earlier.

Cohen directly paid off Daniels — and was later reimbursed by Trump — while the Trump-friendly publisher of The National Enquirer paid McDougal.

Trump has denied having sex with either Daniels or McDougal and has also called Cohen a liar.

Cohen, a former Trump Organization executive vice president, had been one of Trump’s most loyal associates for years, and an attack dog when he faced unfavorable coverage from journalists.

He once said he would be willing to “take a bullet” for Trump.

But their relationship fell apart in the months after FBI agents raided Cohen’s New York office and hotel room in April 2018, seizing evidence that led him to plead guilty.

Cohen eventually began cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, possible collusion by Trump campaign officials in that meddling and possible obstruction of justice by Trump himself.

Mueller concluded that Russians actively tried to effect the outcome of the election with a campaign to sway voters to Trump.

But the special counsel did not find evidence that Trump campaign officials coordinated with the Russians in their effort.

Attorney General William Barr has ruled that the evidence presented by Mueller did not warrant charging Trump with obstruction of justice.

Mueller did not say whether or not Trump should be charged with obstruction, but also said his report did not exonerate the president on that question.


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Stephen Moore withdraws from Fed consideration, Trump says

Despite that, Moore told several media outlets on Thursday he planned to continue his effort to win approval by the Senate, and predicted he would be successful in that bid. Moore likewise was facing pushback from multiple GOP senators this week. A senior Trump campaign official told CNBC on Thursday that Moore will not be joining their operation. In that same interview, Moore said, “I think I’m going to win a big majority. A White House official told CNBC that Moore’s nomination was still consi


Despite that, Moore told several media outlets on Thursday he planned to continue his effort to win approval by the Senate, and predicted he would be successful in that bid. Moore likewise was facing pushback from multiple GOP senators this week. A senior Trump campaign official told CNBC on Thursday that Moore will not be joining their operation. In that same interview, Moore said, “I think I’m going to win a big majority. A White House official told CNBC that Moore’s nomination was still consi
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Stephen Moore withdraws from Fed consideration, Trump says

Conservative economics pundit Stephen Moore has withdrawn his bid to be appointed to the Federal Reserve Board — within hours of boasting that he expected to be easily confirmed by the Senate — President Donald Trump said Thursday in a Twitter post.

Moore’s putative nomination for the central bank had faced intense criticism and scrutiny after Trump said he wanted him on the Federal Reserve board.

Moore, a 59-year-old visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation think tank, drew fire for his economic views, a messy divorce, a $75,000 IRS income tax lien and past statements that belittled women.

“This is kind of a victory lap for the left because they took me down with a smear campaign,” Moore said in an interview with Fox Business News on Thursday.

Moore, in his withdrawal letter to Trump, likewise blamed “the unrelenting attacks on my character,” which “have become untenable for me and my family and 3 more months of this would be too hard on us.”

A senior administration official told CNBC that Moore decided to drop out on Wednesday night and informed Trump’s top economics advisor Larry Kudlow of that decision in a phone call. Despite that, Moore told several media outlets on Thursday he planned to continue his effort to win approval by the Senate, and predicted he would be successful in that bid.

His withdrawal comes less than two weeks after businessman Herman Cain dropped out from Fed board contention because of opposition from a number of Republican senators. Moore likewise was facing pushback from multiple GOP senators this week.

Two other Fed picks by Trump, Nellie Liang and Marvin Goodfriend, likewise failed.

While Moore told the president in his withdrawal letter that he will continue to support the presidents economic policies, the one place he will not be working is on the 2020 re-election campaign. A senior Trump campaign official told CNBC on Thursday that Moore will not be joining their operation.

Not long before Trump’s announcement Thursday, Moore said in an interview with Bloomberg News that he disagrees with Trump’s call for the central bank to sharply cut rates.

“I’m not so sure I agree with the White House that we should cut rates by an entire percentage point,” said Moore, who has been critical of the Fed in the past. “I just don’t see the case for that right now.”

In that same interview, Moore said, “I think I’m going to win a big majority. … Just because a senator today says they won’t vote for me doesn’t mean that three months from now they won’t.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, quickly called on Trump on Thursday to nominate “two serious candidates,” pointedly suggesting that Cain and Moore were anything that that.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican from West Virginia, told reporters that Moore’s withdrawal “was a good move, and I look forward to the next nominee.”

Asked if Moore’s case provided the White House with a lesson on vetting nominees for government posts, Capito quipped, “Read people’s articles that they write would be a good start.”

A White House official told CNBC that Moore’s nomination was still considered viable as of Wednesday.


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Trump pick Stephen Moore’s Fed nomination could be doomed as GOP senators criticize his past statements

Ernst also said she has told the White House about her concerns with Moore. Ernst’s chilly view of Moore came shortly after fellow GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told reporters that Moore being named to the Fed will be “a very problematic nomination.” Moore, who has echoed Trump’s criticism of the Fed for hiking interest rates last year, cannot afford to lose four Republican senators’ support if he hopes to survive the nomination process. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,


Ernst also said she has told the White House about her concerns with Moore. Ernst’s chilly view of Moore came shortly after fellow GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told reporters that Moore being named to the Fed will be “a very problematic nomination.” Moore, who has echoed Trump’s criticism of the Fed for hiking interest rates last year, cannot afford to lose four Republican senators’ support if he hopes to survive the nomination process. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,
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Trump pick Stephen Moore's Fed nomination could be doomed as GOP senators criticize his past statements

“Oh, Stephen Moore?” Ernst said when NBC News asked about his nomination. “I am going to make a comment there: Very unlikely that I would support that person.” Ernst also said she has told the White House about her concerns with Moore.

Sen. Joni Ernst, an Iowa Republican, said she likely will not vote for Moore and also said she does not believe he currently has the votes to win approval in the Senate.

President Donald Trump’s plan to name conservative pundit Stephen Moore to the Federal Reserve Board could be doomed to failure, as a number of Republican senators were cool to his bid Tuesday because of his past sarcastic writings about women and other issues.

Ernst’s chilly view of Moore came shortly after fellow GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told reporters that Moore being named to the Fed will be “a very problematic nomination.”

Moore, who has echoed Trump’s criticism of the Fed for hiking interest rates last year, cannot afford to lose four Republican senators’ support if he hopes to survive the nomination process. Republicans hold a 53-47 edge in the chamber.

Trump’s other recent Fed pick, businessman and former presidential candidate Herman Cain, recently dropped out from contention after it became clear he lacked enough Republican support in the Senate to win approval.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., gave a tepid response when reporters asked him about Moore, whose nomination has yet to be formally submitted to the Senate.

“Well, we’re happy to receive nominations when we get them, there are a lot of people who are being considered for all kinds of positions that are not yet nominated,” McConnell said. “And if he is nominated we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”

The choice of Moore for the central bank has been controversial from the start because of concerns he would be too apt to do what Trump wanted on the Fed board, and because of his track record on economic predictions. On Tuesday, Moore told CNBC’s “Squawk Box ” that declining earnings among men is the biggest challenge facing the economy.

His bid has come under more fire in recent weeks with disclosures of his having had a $75,000 income tax lien, being found in contempt of court for shorting his ex-wife on more than $300,000 in a divorce settlement, and writing humor columns about women.

In one column, Moore said women should not be allowed to referee men’s basketball games in the NCAA tournament, and in another said that if women earned more than their husbands if could “be disruptive to family stability.”

Sen Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said, “I think his statements definitely” are of concern.

“”So we’ll have to see — if he gets nominated and then what he says before the committee,” Capito said.

“It’s hard to look past some of those” writings, she said.

Ernst also had mentioned Moore’s writings on Tuesday.

“I’m not enthused about what he has said in various articles,” Ernst said, according to the Bloomberg news service. “I think it’s ridiculous.”

“It looks like drip by drip,” Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said of the stories about Moore, Bloomberg reported. Shelby also said he thinks Moore’s nomination has “some problems.”

Sen Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn, said, “If he is nominated then I will visit with him.””

“Of course his comments are something that are not good and you can guarantee, big guarantee, absolutely without fail, if I visit him that would be a topic of discussion,” Blackburn said.The GOP has a three-seat majority in the Senate, but every Democrat and independent are likely to vote against Moore.

Moore could win confirmation if only three Republicans voted against him — given Vice President Mike Pence’s power to break a tie, 50-50 vote — but his bid for a Fed seat could be doomed if four GOP members come out against him.

WATCH: CNBC’s full interview with Stephen Moore


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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller, submits resignation letter to Trump

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (R) speaks as FBI Director Christopher Wray (L) listens during a news conference to announce a China-related national security law enforcement action December 20, 2018 at the Justice Department in Washington, DC. Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general whose appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller roiled the Trump administration for two years, has submitted his resignation to President Donald Trump. Rosenstein’s announcement comes two weeks after


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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller, submits resignation letter to Trump

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (R) speaks as FBI Director Christopher Wray (L) listens during a news conference to announce a China-related national security law enforcement action December 20, 2018 at the Justice Department in Washington, DC.

Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general whose appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller roiled the Trump administration for two years, has submitted his resignation to President Donald Trump.

Rosenstein’s resignation is effective May 11. He said in a speech last week that he would leave his Justice Department post in May but did not reveal a specific date then.

Rosenstein’s announcement comes two weeks after the release to Congress and the public of a redacted version of Mueller’s final report by Attorney General William Barr.

His resignation letter to Trump made pointed mention of the Justice Department’s responsibility to “avoid partisanship” and to uphold the “supremacy of the law.”

“We enforce the law without fear or favor because credible evidence is not partisan, and truth is not determined by opinion polls,” Rosenstein wrote. “We keep the faith, we follow the rules and we always put America first.”

The letter did not mention Mueller by name or make specific mention of the findings in the report.

But several parts of the letter seemed to be refer to the special counsel’s investigation and to his final report.

That report found no evidence that Trump’s presidential campaign coordinated with Russians who were trying to influence the American electorate to support Trump’s bid for the White House in 2016.

Mueller’s report did not accuse Trump of obstructing justice by trying to interfere with the probe of Russian interference, but did say, “The President’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests.”


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